Policy Glossary

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Name Description
Department and School Policies

Policies governing the operations of a particular department or School and no other members of the institution.

Direct Contact

When a person leaves their work station and walks about their office space, enters a hallway, transverses a building or goes outside and has the potential to come within six feet of another person.

Direct Costs

Direct costs are defined as all fees associated with having an event or program in College facilities, or supported by College services.


An individual with, regarded as having, or having record of a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Disability Accommodations

This Policy does not alter any institutional obligations under federal disability laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Parties may request reasonable accommodations for disclosed disabilities to the Title IX Coordinator at any point before or during the Title IX Grievance Process. The Title IX Coordinator will consult with the Office of Accessibility Services and legal counsel in order to engage in the interactive process and provide accommodations as appropriate. The college will not affirmatively provide disability accommodations unless requested by the Parties, even where the Parties may be receiving accommodations in other institutional programs and activities.

Domestic Violence

A pattern of coercive behavior, including acts or threatened acts, that is used by a perpetrator to gain power and control over a victim, as defined in New York State Social Service Law § 459-a, including, but not limited to physical, sexual, psychological, economic, and/or emotional abuse; or the threat of any/all of the aforementioned acts.

Domestic Violence Agency Liaison (DVAL)

A designated employee(s) of SUNY THE COLLEGE who has been trained by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) to assist victimized employees; who ensure the College compliance with the Gender-Based Violence and the Workplace Policy; and who serves as the primary contact for OPDV.